Growing and Eating Sustainably

Agroecology in Action

By Dana James and Evan Bowness  Foreword by Hannah Wittman  

The industrial food system, from production to consumption and waste, is a major contributor to environmental, social and economic problems. A few powerful multinational corporations have consolidated control of agricultural markets and wealth while many farmers struggle to make a living and millions of people go hungry every day. Consumer access to healthy and culturally appropriate food remains largely an option for only those who can afford it.

Responding to these destructive practices, global agrarian movements are calling for a transition to agroecology. Agroecological farming follows ecological principles for growing food in a way that respects diverse sociocultural contexts, connects urban eaters and rural growers and attends to power dynamics.

Growing and Eating Sustainably shines light on the process of agroecological transition by showcasing the experiences of growers and eaters in southern Brazil, a country where agrarian movements have long been at the forefront of pushing for more sustainable and just food systems. Through stories and photographs of people, landscapes, farms and farming practices, and urban spaces, this book communicates how to advance systems-level agroecological transitions by linking rural and urban areas and connecting diverse agroecological experiences.

  • Food
  • ISBN: 9781773634821
  • Forthcoming October 2021
  • 128 Pages
  • $28.00
  • For sale worldwide

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  • Chapter 1: Introducing Agroecology and Food Systems Transitions
  • Chapter 2: The Industrial Food System: Contradictions and Crises
  • Chapter 3: Where Does Agroecological Food Come From?
  • Chapter 4: Creating and Deepening Grower-Eater Relations
  • Chapter 5: Envisioning the Future of Agroecological Food Systems


  • Dana James

    Dana James is a PhD candidate, Vanier Scholar, and Public Scholar in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. Her doctoral research explores agroecological farming and participation in agrarian social movements in Brazil.

  • Evan Bowness

    Evan Bowness is an environmental sociologist and urban political ecologist, UBC Public Scholar and PhD candidate at the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia.

  • Hannah Wittman

    University of British Columbia

    Hannah Wittman is a professor in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability and the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia. She conducts collaborative research on local food systems, farmer networks, agrarian citizenship, and agroecological transitions in Canada and throughout Latin America.

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